Summer in South Kensington

This summer there are lots of things to do with kids in South Kensington or even if you are looking for a great day out - from boating on the Serpentine, learning to trapeze, exploring the Serpentine Pavilion, visiting a great exhibition or more...

Robots

On until 3rd Sep 2017
Science Museum
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Robots explores the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Featuring over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Opens 13th May 2017
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Experience an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut to the present day.

Sensational Butterflies

31st March - 17th Sept
Natural History Museum
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Follow the trail in the tropical butterfly house through a tropical habitat of flowers, vines and foliage. As butterflies fly overhead, you'll pass chomping caterpillars, glistening chrysalises and busy feeding stations.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On til 10th Sept 2017
Natural History Museum
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From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers' passion for the natural world produces startling images. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries.

California

24th May - 15th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

8th June - 10th Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.

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Serpentine Pavilion

On until 8th Oct
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Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 - a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

V&A REVEAL Festival

30th June - 7th July
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Explore the beautiful new public areas and gallery spaces of the new V&A Exhibition Road entrance, with a week-long festival celebrating the Museum's architecture, heritage and history.

BST Hyde Park

30th Jun - 8th July
Hyde Park
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Once again hosting some of the biggest and best live acts in the world of music. This year sees a stellar line-up of headliners including Phil Collins, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Park Nights

30th June - 22nd Sep
8pm
Serpentine Galleries
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The Serpentine Galleries announces a new summer of Park Nights, its annual series of experimental and interdisciplinary encounters, sited in the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion designed by the award-winning architect Francis Kéré.

Ways to see: Illustrating Exhibition Road Workshop

1st & 2nd July
10.30 - 4.30pm
V&A
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Illustrator and author Alice Stevenson leads this two day workshop celebrating the opening of the new Exhibition Road entrance . Use playful compositions and decorative forms to illustrate and communicate ideas through a variety of techniques and media.

V&A REVEAL Festival - Aerocene

1st July
10-5pm
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Crossing the boundaries between art, architecture and science, Tomas Saraceno’s floating Aerocene sculptures will fly high above a pedestrianised Exhibition Road (depending on weather).

Radical Kitchen - Recipes for Building Community & Creating Change

Wednesdays in July & Aug
1pm
Serpentine Galleries
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Radical Kitchen is a new series of community picnic talks that will take place in the Serpentine Pavilion. Mazi Mas, an award-winning roaming restaurant established by migrant women, will co-host London community groups and campaign organisations.

Summer Party & Zakopane-style BBQ

16th July
1-6pm
Ognisko Polskie
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Join a Sunday afternoon Summer Party & Zakopane~style Barbecue on the 77th anniversary of the inauguration of Ognisko Polskie - the Polish Hearth. There will be a special performance by the “Mazury” Polish dance group, live music and lots more!

BBC Proms

14th July - 9th Sept
Royal Albert Hall
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The BBC Proms returns to the Royal Albert Hall for its 123rd season. From Stravinsky to Sibelius, and from Bach to Brahms, the Proms is a celebration of classical music from around the globe.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

Opens 14th July
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

Hinze Hall Opening

Opens 14th July
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Hinze Hall reopens on 14th July after a spectacular redevelopment. The space will feature new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our role in protecting the planet.

Family Fun - Last Saturday of the month

Last Sat of the month
10-4pm
Kensington Palace
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Enjoy activities for all the family and discover the stories of Kensington Palace. Time Explorers Station - activity bags for all ages from babies to 13 years & trails. Or Story Time - enjoy a well known story in the comfort of the palace and join in with themed toys. Aimed at 3 - 7 years olds,

The Luna Cinema at Kensington Palace

8th-11th Aug
7pm
Kensington Palace
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Four nights of fantastic films, with Kensington Palace and its grounds as the most stunning backdrop imaginable. Films include Bridget Jones' Baby, The Goonies, Moulin Rouge and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Movie Nights at the Natural History Museum

12th-15th August
7.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Take your seat, grab some popcorn and snacks, and settle in for Movie Nights at the Museum. Celebrate the arrival of the blue whale in Hintze Hall with an ocean-inspired cinema season including Jaws, Free Willy, The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo.

Kensington Palace Family Fantastical

18th-20th August
12pm & 3pm
Kensington Palace
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Come to this exclusive family event at Kensington Palace and watch English National Ballet perform a version of Sleeping Beauty from their My First Ballet series. The Science Museum will perform a “greatest hits” of their awe-inspiring shows and there will be plenty of laughs thrown in along the way.

Investigate for Families

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.

Hop on a Santander bike

Why not hop on a Santander bike and explore South Kensington - take a ride through the Parks, pass Kensington Palace, around the Serpentine and arrive at the Museums.

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Exploring space

Daily
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Explore how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond.

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Kensington Palace - family activities

Daily
Kensington Palace
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There's lots for families to see and do especially in the holidays, as well as enjoying a family-friendly café and shop. Kids go free!

Information Age

Daily
Science Museum
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.